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Update on the Development of the AEA Evaluator Competencies

Session Number: 1292
Track: AEA Sponsored Sessions
Session Type: Multipaper
Tags: Professionalization
Session Chair: Jean A. King [Professor - University of Minnesota]
Presenter 1: Laurie Stevahn [Professor of Educational Leadership - Seattle University]
Presenter 2: Robin Lin Miller [Professor - Michigan State University]
Presenter 4: Jean A. King [Professor - University of Minnesota]
Presentation 1 Additional Author: Sandra Ayoo [Graduate Student - University of Minnesota]
Presentation 1 Additional Author: Anna Rodell [Co-founder, evaluation consultant - Collective Progress]
Presentation 2 Additional Author: Susan Tucker [Principal - Evaluation and Development Associates LLC]
Presentation 2 Additional Author: Eric Barela [Measurement & Evaluation Manager - Salesforce.org]
Presentation 2 Additional Author: Donna Podems [University of Johannesburg]
Presentation 4 Additional Author: Hazel Symonette [Program Development & Assessment Specialist - University of Wisconsin-Madison]
Presentation 4 Additional Author: Dale E Berger [Emeritus Professor of Psychology - Claremont Graduate University]
Presentation 4 Additional Author: Elizabeth Wilcox
Time: Oct 28, 2016 (08:00 AM - 09:30 AM)
Room: L504

Abstract 1 Title: The Development of the AEA Competencies: What the Task Force Did and Why
Presentation Abstract 1:

This presentation will summarize the multi-step process that led to the latest draft of the AEA Evaluator Competencies. The process has included several activities in the past year: (1) reviewing existing sets of competencies for program, policy, and personnel evaluation to identify and frame foundational competencies; (2) presenting a poster and sponsoring a listening session at AEA’s 2015 conference; (3) analyzing feedback at a day-long meeting of the Task Force; (4) revising the competencies based on the feedback received; and (5) conducting member engagement in several forms. The current version includes 44 proposed competencies grouped in five domains: professional, methodology, context, management, and interpersonal.

Abstract 2 Title: The Response of AEA’s Topical Interest Group Leaders to the Draft Competencies
Presentation Abstract 2:

This presentation will report on the outcomes of engagement activities led by the Task Force since the 2016 Chicago conference. The primary source of information will be a thorough analysis of the results of telephone interviews with roughly 60 TIG and other AEA opinion leaders. In addition we will summarize voluntary feedback from members who completed a feedback form on the AEA website, questions raised during an AEA webinar on the topic, the results of conversations by AEA affiliates, and the results of consultation with evaluation trainers and leaders from other VOPEs.

Presentation 2 Other Authors: Nicole Galport, Grad Student, Claremont
Abstract 4 Title: Next Steps in Finalizing and Approving the AEA Evaluator Competencies: What Do People Think?
Presentation Abstract 4:

The last presentation will begin by outlining the Task Force’s plans for finalizing the draft competencies in preparation for a membership vote, including additional input (e.g., an AEA coffee break webinar and continuing input from members online) and a further revision of the competencies. Next the presenters will engage the audience to solicit reactions and thoughts on how best to proceed in beginning a discussion among the AEA membership about appropriate next steps in the professionalization of program evaluation in the US.

Presentation 4 Other Authors: Gail Barrington, Canadian Evaluation Society
Audience Level: All Audiences
Other Information: This is one of two submissions on behalf of the Competencies Task Force. We ask that it be considered for placement in the Presidential Strand or in the virtual conference presentations (if there are others beyond the Presidential Strand). We are eager to make this presentation to as many members as possible. Thanks.

Session Abstract: 

In 2015, the American Evaluation Association’s Board approved the development of a set of evaluator competencies as the next step in AEA’s continuing development.  Working over the course of that spring and summer, the Competencies Task Force reviewed existing sets of competencies for program, policy, and personnel evaluation to identify and frame foundational competencies necessary to the diverse evaluation practice of AEA members. The 44 proposed competencies are grouped in five domains: professional, methodology, context, management, and interpersonal. Following initial feedback from a listening session at AEA’s 2015 conference, the Task Force revised the competencies and then conducted member engagement in several forms: interviews with TIG leaders and other AEA opinion leaders; posting and a feedback form on the AEA website; an AEA webinar; an initial survey of the membership; and consultation with leaders from other VOPEs. This session will update the membership on progress to date.


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